River City Church - Smyrna, GA

P.O.T.S. - Spiritual Formation

October 3, 2021

Kara shares her heart this morning about one of our newest "prayers of the season" (P.O.T.S.) -- Spiritual Formation. We have a responsibility to make ourselves available for the Spirit's formation in us and of us. Kara shares the what, why and how of spiritual formation and reminds us that (1) it is a slow process with the goal being to abide in relationship with Jesus; and (2) we have a part to play in our own formation and the formation of those around us. 2 Peter 1:3-7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Luke 6:43-45. 

Kara shared a quote from Dallas Willard today: "Sometimes we think of spiritual formation as formation by the Holy Spirit. Once again: That’s essential. We can’t evade it -- formation by the Holy Spirit. But now I have to say something that may be challenging for you to think about: Spiritual formation is not all by the Holy Spirit. None without the Holy Spirit. But there’s always more involved. And here again we run into the problems of passivity over against activity. Here lies the deepest challenge to the very idea of obedience to Christ in our times. We have to recognize that spiritual formation in us is something that is also done to us by those around us, by ourselves, and by activities which we voluntarily undertake."

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